Although TV was released back in September, we still thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with Nikki from the Merseyside based band. TV is now available across all streaming services.
Who are The K’s and how would you describe your sound?
We’re a four piece band from Earlestown in the North west of England. Jamie Boyle (Vocals and guitar), Ryan Breslin (Lead Guitar), Dexter Baker (Bass) and Jordan Holden (Drums). It’s hard to describe our sound because we can’t really be put into one category. It’s like energetic indie-punk but we like to mix it up and slow it down with fan favourites like Hoping Maybe and Valley One. We can’t be put into just one category, we take the best bits of them all and throw it all together and people buzz off it.
If you had to sum yourselves up in three words, what would you say?
The Best About
What’s the main reason you make music?
We were all mad into good music at a young age which is why we all decided to pick up instruments in the first place. I don’t even think it was ever a conscious choice at the beginning to be like ‘Right today I’m gonna make some music of my own’ or anything like that. It starts off as learning to play bits of tunes on a guitar and just snowballs into writing full tunes of your own, then if people like it you’re addicted and can’t stop. Lucky enough for us people love it and we have the best job in the world. I don’t think we’ll ever stop. I’ll still be smashing tunes out when I’m 80.
You’ve just released your new single ‘TV’, could you tell us more about it?
I wrote ‘TV’ probably at the back end of last year. It’s a sort of sarcastic account of my experience growing up in modern England and I know it’s the same in many parts of the world. We’re sold these dreams on the TV showing the lives of celebrities and socialites and when you’re younger, it’s like you believe it’s real life and it’s what you should be aiming for. As you get older though you realise it’s all bollocks. None of it matters, really.
Did you have any help with the writing and recording process for TV?
We recorded it at Parr Street studios in Liverpool with Chris Taylor. Chris is a great bloke and a great producer, who works with some mint bands. He did all the recording and production of the track. As for writing no we don’t have any help with any of it, I think if you’re a band and are asking for outside help to write your tunes it’s probably time to knock it on the head.
What’s you’re favourite memory of a gig?
Every gig we do is always class. The crowds keep getting bigger and bigger, which means only one thing, the parties get better and better! I think a favourite to date would be Kendal Calling last year, they had to close the tent down as there were too many people trying to watch us and to get that at a festival where it’s not really ‘your crowd’ is ace.
What advice would you give to those looking to make music?
I’d say stay true to yourself when writing. That’s pretty vague but I mean like, write about stuff that you actually care about or that means something to you, however abstract it may be.
For example in my situation, I’m a lad from a little shit town in the NW of England, I’m never gonna sit and write about driving a Cadillac down route 66, am I? I mean I could, but it’d be proper shit, haha. So yeah, I’d say write stuff that matters to you – people connect with it more! I think they do, anyway.
What is next for The K’s?
We’ve an absolutely stacked calendar for next year, we’re gonna try and do two years worth of shows in one! And there’s some absolutely massive things happening behind the scenes that we obviously can’t talk about! But yeah, our main focus is at the minute is getting back out and seeing our fans as soon as we can. The best part about being in a band is the live shows by a mile, and we miss it more than anything!
In the meantime, I’d like to thank Nikki and the rest of the band for answering my questions and wish them the best of luck for the future. I hope to catch them at one of their live shows next year! You can find their show listing here